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Bonnie Brillinger
Age 42, London, Ontario

My name is Bonnie Brillinger. I am now at the lucky age of 42. I was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis at 10 months of age. My biggest challenge with cystic fibrosis has been the insecurity of what the disease holds for my future. I haven’t let it get me down completely though—I have hope for my future, and the future of other Canadians with cystic fibrosis, as I have seen so much progress over my life span! Canadians with cystic fibrosis are getting older and living more full and satisfying lives. I believe more progress is inevitable and we must keep on fighting for our dreams and ambitions!

I have seen so much money raised through numerous campaigns, and I have personally seen the benefits of what those funds do. My life has become a long, full life due to the progress of research and new drugs that could not be developed without these generous donations. I have survived longer than my doctors and family ever thought I would. I just want the same amazing outcomes for all Canadians with cystic fibrosis. We fight together, although apart, to make our CF world a better, healthier place.